Started in 1973, The Arts Society Young Arts provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in creative arts activities.

We aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation. Our vision is equality of opportunity for all to learn through participation in the arts.

Young Arts projects can include:

  • Artists in residence in schools
  • Funding for gallery and museum visits
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Bursaries/awards for individual students

Young Arts in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Area

  • Alton DFAS - In 2018 students preparing for their GCSE Art projects were inspired by their visit to an Art Gallery funded by The Alton Society.  Previously projects include scholarships at Alton College, funding for an artist to work with Chawton Primary School, sculpture and dance project with Ansty Primary School and projects with Amery Hill School in Alton.
  • The Arts Society Alresford  - Painting workshop for Winchester Young Carers in May 2015 with artist Michelle Buhl-Nielsen
  • The Arts Society Basingstoke - In 2018 almost fifty youngsters gathered in their local Library to create, set up and display a large Peter Rabbit sculpture based on the much-loved character featured in children’s books of the same name.
  • The Arts Society Grayshott - Art club at Grayshott Primary School.
  • The Arts Society Hart - Recent projects have been a fused glass mosaic at the Samual Cody Specialist Sports College:  a mural at Potley Hill School, Yateley;  a legacy textile at Buryfields School, Odiham to commemorate Odiham's relevance to Magna Carta; support for Farnborough 6th Form College's A level summer exhibition.
  • Meon Valley DFAS - In 2018 , assisted by the local Saxon Church community, children devised a children’s Trail of Discovery.
  • New Forest DFAS - Young Arts member involved pupils in four local schools to design and create a fabric Banner celebrating the 50-year Anniversary of The Arts Society.
  • The Arts Society Solent - Recent projects are as follows.  In Autumn 2018, for the commemoration of the end of WWI, financial support was given to Ranvilles Infant School to work with the artist Steve Porter to make a 3D model of a WWI tank.  Support has continued for Bay House School who together with Brune Park School received funding in Summer 2018 to mount an Art Show, displaying the work of pupils in Years 11-13 to include art, ceramics and design projects.  In Autumn 2017 Year 9 pupils from Baycroft School who had been studying aboriginal art, went on to make and decorated clay coolamon (part of an abotiginal project) which were fired in the kiln, previously purchased via Arts Society Solent funding for the local Brickworks.  Further funding for this special school enabled Year 10 students to design and make two sets of tiles incorporating the theme of 'Textures in Nature' using the facilities at the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum. Some of these contributed to their GCSE Art Portfolios and the others are now displayed on the wall of their new Reception area.  In spring2017 the Society funded Titchfield Primary School to work with an artist to provide murals for the entrance to the school. All pupils in Years 5-6 contributed. In 2016 Solent sponsored a Royal British Art (RBA) Scholar, Grace Tarr from Bay House School. Grace’s painting had been selected to be displayed at the RBA Rising Stars’ exhibition at Lloyds Register in February/March 2016. Her work was subsequently selected to be shown at The Mall Galleries from March/April 2016, alongside those of professional artists at the RBA's Annual Exhibition.  Michael Portillo opened the exhibition at a preview event for the students, their families and invited guests.
  • The Arts Society Southampton - Activity trail for young visitors to Southampton Art Gallery and funding of mosaics projects in two local schools.
  • The Arts Society Test Valley - Mosiac project with St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School in Andover, 'altar' cloths project with Appleshw St Peter's Primary School and a textile banner project with Vernham Dean Gillum's School.
  • The Arts Society Isle of Wight - Quay Arts - providing workshops and mentoring as part of Isle of Wight College's enrichment programme and exhibition of A Level Student's work at Whippingham Church.
  • The Arts Society Winchester - In 2018 young arts projects encouraged young musicians to write an original jazz composition in response to Paul Nash’s World-War-One painting ‘We are making a New World’.  The winning composition was performed for the public in a Winchester Guildhall concert.  Previously Winchester has also supported art competitions with Peter Symonds College and Secondary Schools in Winchester.